Germany has lost the trust of the EU due to its close relationship with Russia in the energy sector. This is reported by the American magazine Foreign Affairs.
“Germany already suffers from a trust deficit among many European allies because of its close energy relationship with Moscow. And, in particular, for refusing to suspend the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project a few days before the start of the conflict in Ukraine,” writes Foreign Affairs.
Germany is still dependent on Russian gas, the newspaper notes. Russia is likely to benefit from this, so Berlin should make it a priority to deny the Russian Federation gas, the magazine reports. Germany should show its interest in stopping the special operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and support the European Union. Foreign Affairs believes that Germany can regain leadership in the EU.
Germany is supporting Kiev and sending weapons there amid the Russian Federation’s special operation in Ukraine, which began on February 24. Germany and the European Union imposed sanctions against Russia. Before that, there were fears in Germany that after the stoppage due to technical works, Russia would not resume the gas supply through Nord Stream. At the end of July, transit on the gas pipeline was restored, writes Ridus. Some German cities have decided to reduce energy consumption. A gas disaster may begin there in three months if the country’s authorities do not take measures, writes Bloomberg. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke against the use of Nord Stream 2, RT reports.